Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Wrigley to Nelson: No Organ Music on the Radio

April 1941: Cubs Are First MLB Team to Have Organ Music Bravo to the Chicago Tribune for re-printing an article from our past. How interesting that of prime interest was stopping the organ music before going on the air to … Continue reading

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Daniel Hyde Appointed at St Thomas Church

New Director of Music Appointed Read about the recently appointed organist and director at St Thomas Church, New York City, Daniel Hyde. Their tradition in this country is unparalleled; prior to the late John Scott was Gerre Hancock. Prof Hyde … Continue reading

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Hammond Street Congregational’s New Organ

Organ Brings Joy to Hammond St Congregational Church Micky Bedell offers these details before you watch the television news report in the link above. Bangor, Maine: Organ restorer A. David Moore (left) tests the note of an organ pipe for … Continue reading

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Rare Gem of A Transcription

Thanks, Michael! I heard Tom Murray play this one at Woolsey and was quite taken with it. Playing the Sarabande to seat the mothers at my brother’s upcoming wedding. Thanks so much for having this rare gem of a transcription! … Continue reading

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Still the King

The Pipe Organ is Still the King of Instruments This essay in the Los Angeles Times warms my heart, and I suspect that it will warm yours as well. Although Mark Swed’s focus is southern California, his points should be … Continue reading

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Fourth Pres Organ — Chicago’s Largest

Meet the Man Reconstructing Chicago’s Largest Pipe Organ I don’t know what I think about this. The venerable Ernest Skinner at Fourth Presbyterian in Chicago has repeatedly been the victim of “affluenza.” This congregation is incredibly wealthy and has been … Continue reading

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Cromorne Was Like A Turbocharged Clarinet

Latry Brilliantly Shows Off Sounds of the Meyerson Organ Read this interesting commentary and review of Olivier Latry’s concert on the big Fisk in the Meyerson Center in Dallas, Texas. I have heard from some that they feel Scott Cantrell … Continue reading

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A+ to Your Service and Product

The Dudley Buck march arrived. I am impressed with its getting here so soon, and at such a low price. The paper is of high quality; that, the size of the notes and the ink combine to make an easily … Continue reading

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Carson Cooman Interview

Composer Carson Cooman (Interview) Here is a fascinating interview with Carson by Christian Carey on Sequenza21.com. The level of the questions is far above most interviews with composers. It’s worth the reading. Here’s a sample: Sequenz21: Your Fourth Symphony is … Continue reading

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This Squirrel Is Just for Fun

Michael, you are the BEST!  Thank you so much!  Yes, the audience will like “The Squirrel”; I’m playing it at the end of April for a little mini-recital titled “Just For Fun”, and this piece was requested by several people … Continue reading

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